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Same-sex marriage sees speedy implementation in family law

23rd December 2013

The changes to family law received Royal Assent in July and couples who wish celebrate their wedding on that date will need to register their intention to marry on 13 March.

The passing of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act was backed by Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships.

It was initially thought that the first same-sex weddings would not take place until the summer, however, Equalities Minister Maria Miller has announced the earlier arrangements.

Ms Miller said “Marriage is one of our most important institutions. This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married.”

The new family law requires churches and religious organisations to “opt in” before they can offer weddings to same-sex couples.

Church of England and Church in Wales institutions cannot, bylaw, offer same-sex marriages, but the Church of England has recommended that its clergy members should be able to give church blessing ceremonies to same-sex couples.

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